Thursday, October 31, 2013

No Woman, No Drive

Saudi Arabia has been in the news recently regarding the Women-2-Drive campaign a few days ago, in which more than 60 Saudi women got behind the wheels of their cars and drove, defying the ban against women driving in this conservative tribal kingdom. 

Reports indicate that more than a dozen female drivers were detained by authorities on October 26, while many dozens more women safely drove without incident.

It has also been reported that Tariq al-Mubarak, a male Saudi journalist and educator, who supports lifting the ban on women driving in his country, has been arrested, and that Saudi authorities are harassing women who posted videos of themselves driving. 

Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch (HRW) was quoted as saying, "Saudi authorities are retaliating against people who want a very basic right for women - the right to get behind the wheel and drive themselves where they want to go.  The authorities should end the driving ban and stop harassing people for supporting women's rights."  

Meanwhile, Hisham Fageeh, a young Saudi comedian, has gained notoriety with a satirical video that has gone viral, spoofing the whole driving situation with his own rendition of Bob Marley's epic 1970's reggae song "No Woman, No Cry," changing it to "No Woman, No Drive."  Enjoy!